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As a first-time freshman or transfer student, you get all your new student business out of the way at StART. When you come to Fall Orientation in August, you'll be ready to learn about living and learning at Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA). 

What Is StART?

Student Advising, Registration, and Testing (StART) is CIA's mandatory, overnight summer program for all incoming first-year students. Additionally, we host StART for transfer students, which is an abbreviated summer orientation program designed specifically for students transferring credits from other institutions of higher education and for any first-year student who is 22 years of age or older.

At StART you will: 

  • Find out what you need for the first day of class
  • Take your student ID picture
  • Talk with current CIA students, alumni, staff, and faculty
  • Fill out your roommate matching form if you plan to live on-campus
  • Tour our new residence hall
  • Spend the night on campus with other new students
  • Make your first CIA t-shirt
  • Meet with CIA staff about Financial Aid, Academics, and Career Services
  • Enjoy the atmosphere and dining options in University Circle.

StART Schedule

The StART program begins on Sunday, June 22 or 29 with registration at 4:30pm followed by dinner at 5:30pm. The program will conclude on Monday, June 23 or 30 no later than 4:30pm. You can view the full schedule here.

Learning Disability Orientation

As part of StART, the Office of Learning Support Services provides a workshop specifically for students with documented learning disabilities (e.g., ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia). The program is offered for free and takes place right before the StART program begins in the evening. Learn more about Learning Disability Orientation.

Why Come to StART?

It's your chance to visit campus, compose your first-year writing inventory, and meet with representatives from the offices of financial aid, student accounts, student life and housing, academic services, and career services.  

In addition to meeting with members of the CIA community, you will be able to speak with representatives from local banks, Student Health and Counseling Services, and local art supply stores.

But your time here in the summer shouldn't be only business, so all first-time college students (regardless of residential/commuter status in the fall) stay overnight on campus and socialize with other students in your class. This gives you a real feel for what it’s like to be a student at CIA.

Registering for StART

Once you have sent your tuition deposit to CIA, you will receive information about StART in the Student Welcome Packet via mail. The packet will include information about registering for StART. The deadline to register is June 16, 2014

Hurry and sign up now for the program dates you prefer to attend, because spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you cannot attend one of the scheduled dates in July, please contact the Office of Student Life and Housing immediately at or call 216.421.7429. 

For Traditional Students
June 22-23, 2014 (Registration for this StART is now closed)
June 29-30, 2014 (Registration for this StART is now closed)

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Rebecca Schaller at

For Transfer and Non-Traditional Students
Friday, August 1, 2014 (Registration is closed)

Pre-StART Learning Disability Orientation

Learning Support Services Office offers a one-day summer orientation program to incoming students with documented learning disabilities. The program is offered in conjunction with the StART program. During our LD Orientation, you and your parents meet the Learning Support Services staff and are provided with an overview of accommodations, training on various assistive technologies, and time management and study skills workshops specific to the unique demands of the CIA student experience.

Staying Overnight 

All first-time freshmen, regardless of housing status in the fall, stay overnight the Sunday night of StART. CIA will provide sheets and a pillow. You should bring your toiletries (e.g., soap, shampoo, toothbrush, and toothpaste), a change of clothes, and other things you might need overnight. Remember, you're not moving in just yet. Here are some additional suggestions for what to bring

Bringing Guests 

We encourage parents and guardians to attend this program! Each student may bring up to three guests to StART. We want to make sure we answer all of your questions as well as your parents' questions before school starts in the fall. 

All guests must secure their own lodging for the night. While they cannot stay in the residence hall with you, you will have plenty of time to catch up with them on Monday morning at breakfast. The Intercontinental Hotel has a group rate set up for CIA, and the Glidden House, which is right on campus, is offering special discounts for StART parents. For local hotel information, visit or see a list of recommended hotels

Directions + Parking

You and your guests will park in the CIA Gund Building parking lot located at 11141 East Blvd. The entrance to the parking lot is behind the building. You may park overnight only if you are attending without guests. View directions and our campus map

For more information:

Rebecca Schaller
Associate Director of Student Life
216.421.7430 | Contact

Important Dates

May 1
- Submit your tuition deposit
- Submit your housing deposit and application

June 1
- Sign and return housing contract
- Request final transcripts to be sent

June 16

StART Registration Deadline

June 22-23, Traditional Students
Attend Summer StART

June 29
Learning Disability Orientation

June 29-30, Traditional Students
Attend Summer StART

August 1, Transfer StART
Attend Summer StART

August 21
Move in

August 22-23
Attend orientation

August 25
School starts

Supplies for First Day of Class 

Wondering what materials you might need for the first day of class? Be prepared and read our recommended list of art supplies.

Building Hours

Building Hours

August 18 - December 13, 2014

Gund + McCullough Buildings
Monday-Saturday: 7:30am-2am
Sunday: 12pm (Noon)-2am

Monday-Thursday: 10am-5pm
Friday: 10am-9pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: Closed

Doors open one hour before scheduled first show

Continuing Education
Doors open one hour before scheduled first class and remain open one half hour beyond scheduled class time ending in both Gund and McCullough

Buildings Closed
Labor Day
September 1, 2014

Thanksgiving break
November 27-28, 2014

Winter Holiday
December 24-January 4

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 19, 2015

Memorial Day
May 25, 2015

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